Thursday, September 6, 2012
The time of their lives: Girard Perregaux Young Watchmakers hit Paris
1889, the Universal Exhibition of Paris: The first public presentation of one of the most striking watchmaking creations ever; The “Tourbillon with three Gold Bridges” movement won a gold medal enabling Girard-Perregaux to make its mark on the 20th century and beyond.
Girard-Perregaux now celebrates young talent and its 221 year association with Paris. It was a key stage for the Young Watchmakers Tour that began last May in New York and has already passed through Beijing in June, showcasing the young and creative artisans of the Manufacture.
Actress Selma Hayek with Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of the PPR Group and Young Watchmaker
Christie’s was the venue for the “The Art of Making Time”, an exhibition of exceptional timepieces from the Girard-Perregaux Museum at La Chaux-de-Fonds. These are original creations by the Brand “pioneers” Constant Girard and Jean-François Bautte. Coupled with more contemporary timepieces visitors can marvel at a journey through time, the evolution of watchmaking across two centuries.
Girard Perregaux’s Young Watchmakers
The exhibit included a Girard-Perregaux presentation of its young watchmakers. Several young watchmakers are featured in the Tour, three of whom were in Paris. The passion that drives them in their workshops each day is combined with other more personal interests that they pursue with verve. They are flamenco dancers, rock guitarists and alphorn players; rich and diverse personalities who guarantee the brand’s creative dynamism in the years to come. These young talents are supported by Dominique Loiseau, an icon of Haute Horlogerie, who has partnered with Girard-Perregaux on several upcoming projects.
The young watchmakers were in action throughout Paris at workbenches provided by Christie’s to provide all visitors with an exhilarating experience of crafting a mechanical watch.
François-Henri Pinault, CEO of the PPR Group, and Michele Sofisti, CEO of the Sowind Group (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard) were on hand to open the exhibit to a crowd of over 300 VIPs.